VHF SRC Marine Radio Course

VHF SRC Marine Radio Course

A course for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures.


This radio operator qualification authorises the holder to operate a short range marine VHF radio both with or without Digital Selective Calling (DSC) on board any British vessel that is voluntarily fitted with radio equipment. Essentially, it’s the VHF licence for leisure users. This qualification is a legal requirement for marine VHF users throughout the world. It is also useful to know what to do if you ever require assistance.


One day: 0930 to 1700 plus a 30-60 minute exam at the end of the day or can arrange the test for a more convenient time. 


  • Learn the phonetic alphabet in advance
  • Read the RYA SRC handbook before the course, this ‘compulsory’ book is included in your course fee.
  • While under 16s can take the course, you mst be 16 or over to take the exam and be issued the actual certificate.


The course concentrates on use of VHF Radio under the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). In addition to VHF procedures, it also covers Digital Selective Calling (DSC), Navtex, EPIRBs and SARTs. This certificate has replaced the old VHF Restricted Licence and is the qualification required to operate a marine VHF Radio.


The course is run from 0930 to 1700 with a short break for lunch. Your instructor is an RYA SRC Assessor; a second SRC Assessor will run a short RYA SRC exam at 1700. The exam takes 30-60 minutes.


  • Use of our  Icom VHF / DSC simulators
  • A full day’s training
  • Tea/Coffee
  • Free parking at our centre


Regardless of whether you enroll on the classroom or the online version of the course you will receive a copy of the RYA VHF Handbook (by Tim Bartlett) included in your course fee to allow some pre reading.


  • RYA SRC Exam & License Fee (£60 payable to the assessor on the day)
  • Lunch


Please contact us for our classroom course dates. We can also arrange bespoke 1:1 or group course at a time that suits you.